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Right knee injury ends Navy slotback John Howell's season

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ANNAPOLIS – Navy slotback John Howell will miss the rest of his senior season with a right knee injury.

Howell was hurt on a 19-yard run on the Midshipmen’s fourth play in Saturday’s 12-0 loss to San Jose State. He could not put weight on his right leg as he was helped from the field and was on crutches as he watched Monday’s practice from the sideline.

“He’s done for the season,” coach Ken Niumatalolo said. “As tough as that loss was this past week, that’s probably even tougher. The rest of these kids have the rest of our season, but John’s one of the main cogs for our team. He’s one of the main arteries for the heart of our football team. To lose him, that was tough. I think some of the air went out of our team when we lost him because he’s such a big part of who we are.”

Howell had six carries for 60 yards this season. A year ago, he averaged 9.7 yards on 35 carries and rushed for five touchdowns. He had 10 career starts, including all four games this year for the Mids (1-3).

In other injury developments, Niumatalolo said safety Tra’ves Bush (concussion) was day to day. Cornerback Quincy Adams (stinger) practiced Monday and is expected to be ready for Saturday’s game at Air Force.

Patrick Stevens

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